Part 5 – Solus Christus
There were a multitude of reasons behind the Protestant Reformation of the 16th-century, ranging from a total absence of the preaching of the Gospel, to a neglect of the Word of God, as well as a man-centered or church-centered view of salvation as opposed to a Christ/grace-centered.
The focus of this particular sermon was on Solus Christus. This slogan reminded the Church that not only our salvation, but everything about our faith, our blessings, our sustenance, our sanctification, and eventually our glorification are all centered on the person of Jesus Christ and His perfect and complete work for us upon the cross and through His resurrection and ascension to the throne of God.
Unfortunately, the Roman Church at the time of Luther (and for hundreds of years prior) had shifted its view of salvation away from the finished and perfect work of Christ to a salvation that was centered on the work of the Church, along with the good works of the people (following the seven sacraments that the Church had developed). They didn’t deny the work of Christ, but ended up adding to it. Whether it was deliberate or not, it had devastating results in the lives of believers because, not only did the people NOT hear the true Gospel, but they were depending on other things – man made things – that lessened or made light the person and work of Christ, and that kept them in spiritual darkness.
The Reformation brought the Gospel; God’s Word; the grace of God; justification by faith alone; and the supremacy of Christ in all things back to the people. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was indeed special, but she did not die for our sins. She’s in glory with all of the other saints who have gone before us, but she is not interceding on our behalf, nor are the other saints, and she definitely isn’t a mediator between God and man – it is Christ alone who is our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5); it is Christ alone who is the Judge; it is Christ alone who is our Savior. Who are you depending on for the forgiveness of your sins and for your eternal hope? Trust in Christ alone. “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand”!